Did You Know that You've Been Washing Your Hair Wrong Your Entire Life?

If you've been washing your hair the wrong way, you may already have realized that it doesn't matter how many masks you use because you never get the desired result.
Did You Know that You've Been Washing Your Hair Wrong Your Entire Life?

Last update: 15 September, 2020

Have you been washing your hair incorrectly? Although we usually maintain certain hair care habits, some actions, especially during washing, can cause a noticeable deterioration.

It’s true that many hair products contain components that help correct the aggression it suffers daily. However, if you don’t pay attention to certain mistakes, sooner or later, you’ll begin to present weakness, dryness, and hair loss.

How can you tell if you’re washing your hair wrong? What to do about it? As we know that many still don’t resolve these questions, we decided to clarify them below.

Keys to know if you’re washing your hair wrong

You use too much shampoo

Washing your hair the right way can make it glow.

Some people can’t stand spending a whole day without washing their hair. They think their hair will start to look greasy, so they choose to use shampoo daily.

However, if you keep on doing this for an extended period, you may damage your hair.

You spend too much time without washing it

This is the other extreme. Not washing your hair enough, in addition to giving it a dirty and unpleasant appearance, encourages the appearance of sebum. This, in addition to affecting your hair, can transfer to your skin.

This can lead to the accumulation of sebum and end up producing hair problems in the not too distant future.

Do you want to know more? Tips to Protect Chlorine Damaged Hair

Rubbing too hard

We all remember how adults scratched our scalps so hard when we were little that they even hurt us. Sometimes, they would even accidentally scratch us with their nails.

In general, when we’re older, we repeat this pattern. If this is your case, it means that you’ve been washing your hair incorrectly all your life.

Rubbing your scalp hard weakens your hair, thus making you shed it more and more. Do it slowly, as if you were massaging the area.

Don’t use overly hot water

It’s best to wash your hair with lukewarm water, as this study by Dr. Divins explains. Although it’s true that, during the winter, people tend to do it with hot water (and with cold water in the winter), it’s best for the temperature to be as neutral as possible.

How to wash your hair correctly

Choose the right products for your hair

applying a hair treatment

It’s important for you to know what your hair is like. It isn’t the same to have it dry or oily. Thus, you should use different solutions in both cases.

Consult with your dermatologist, especially if you notice that you have a lot of dandruff or that your scalp itches. You may need some specific treatment.

Prepare your hair

Today, many people usually use hairspray, hair gel, or mousse. If you use these products, we recommend that you comb your hair to get rid of product buildup before going into the shower.

This way, you’ll select better products, and they’ll reach your hair more easily.

Measure the amount of shampoo you use

Obviously, this will vary according to the length of your hair:

  • Short and medium hair. Use an amount similar to the size of a hazelnut.
  • Long hair. Never use more shampoo than the equivalent size of a coin.

Use your fingertips to rub your scalp

After lathering the shampoo to create foam, rub the shampoo gently into your scalp with your fingertips. If you notice that your nails are touching your scalp, then correct the position of your fingers until you’re only using their tips.

Massage with circular motions. Then, rinse off the product and start again.

Take care of your hair

It isn’t enough to follow these instructions to have luminous and beautiful hair. In fact, it’s also important not to abuse your dryer or iron. It’s best for you to wash your hair in the morning or in the afternoon and let it dry on its own, than to continually use heat tools.

If you’re a person who uses dyes on a regular basis, you should opt for vegan options. They’re equally functional but damage hair a lot less.

If you have any questions about it, don’t hesitate to ask your trusted hairdresser. They’ll know how to give you the best advice.

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